Memorial Day Smartphone Tips for Seniors

May 25, 2018

What’s Your Memorial Day Destination This Year?

Memorial Day is the U.S. holiday dedicated to honoring the lives lost of the military men and women who proudly served our country to protect our freedoms.The holiday weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer which means you’ll be traveling the open highway with plenty of others, per AARP predictions. Read the AARP Kick Off Your Summer Travel article here for specific numbers.Will you be visiting military landmarks, going to parades, or planting a flag on the ground near a loved one’s grave? Or perhaps you’ll meet up with family and friends at gatherings or to relax at the beach or mountains and watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS.

Road Trip Reminiscing

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll recall that ‘road-tripping’ meant fumbling with folding maps, following the highlighted route with your index finger, and directing the driver. Those days are gone, thankfully, due to the latest advancements in smartphone technology.Did you know that 42% of adults over the age of 65 own a smartphone? Smartphones are pre-loaded with a reliable GPS (global positioning system) which displays travel directions, mileage, and ETA (estimated time of arrival) of when you’ll reach your destination.Plus, there are a number of different destination apps available for downloading onto your smartphone. Test-driving these apps out on shorter trips around the block before you drive long stretches is highly recommended. And certain to boost your comfort level when using them. Check out these suggestions at Best Apps for Senior Citizens.If driving delays do occur, the GPS may communicate what’s happening ahead of you with information on accidents, roadwork, or unanticipated traffic patterns that’s received via satellite. Sometimes the GPS will offer an alternate route, but if traffic is at a standstill then at least you’ll know the reason why. Looking for a portable GPS device? Then you’ll want to read these recommendations at GPS for Seniors before heading out on the road.

There’s an App for That

Yes, there’s an app (or several) for everything that you can possibly imagine. To check the weather report, order food, explore hiking trails and greenways, find local events, and to locate a parked car. The last one comes in handy when you’ve parked your car in a large lot at a concert, festival, or for a Memorial Day fireworks display. See the Best Apps for Memorial Day Weekend if you’re considering a road trip this holiday to honor our nation’s fallen heroes, even the Arlington National Cemetery located in Washington, D.C. has a downloadable app called ANC Explorer.Curious on where to find apps for your smartphone but too afraid to ask? Start with going to the App Store to check out free and paid apps that may make your holiday travel a little easier this Memorial Day weekend. Apps are easy to download onto your smartphone.

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